Chris-Craft was formed in 1922 in Algonac, Mich. By 1927 it was the largest builder of mahogany powerboats, but it transitioned to fiberglass in 1971. The company was purchased by Stellican Ltd. in 2001, and it builds bowriders and cruisers from 20 to 36 feet.

Chris-Craft’s new Commander 42 leaves the dock for a demo run at the Hyatt in Sarasota, Fla., at the company’s dealer meeting in mid-July.

Commander of the fleet

Stephen Julius darted around the 42-foot Down East-style express cruiser during a demo ride, answering questions, pointing out key features and showing off the yacht’s meticulous fit and finish.

Chris-Craft debuts new models at dealer meeting

SARASOTA, Fla. — More than 150 representatives from Chris-Craft dealerships in the United States and around the world gathered here during the weekend for the opportunity to test the boatbuilder’s entire fleet, including the new flagship Commander 42 and the new Calypso 30 dual console.

Chris-Craft will debut Commander 42 in July

Chris-Craft said today that it will reclaim one of the most famous names in its 142-year history when the all-new Commander 42 makes its debut at the builder’s 2016 dealer meeting in July.

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